Historical

Code Duello

My good friend, Dan Gwaltney, joined me on my last sojourn to West Point. Since he had never been there before, Chaney and I decided to give him the platinum tour, so to speak. It started off at the West Point Visitors’ Center and then we went to the West Point Museum to see...

The Queen

We have certain characters… fictional characters… who have acted as proxy guides and, in some cases, guardian angels as we traverse the decades of our lives. Role models, and we absolutely need role models, help us to understand the amorphous goals of what we want to become. Sometimes these are purely career related; sometimes...

Institutional Malfeasance

Institutional Malfeasance   "If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and its finisher."   These words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln… (for those of you who are currently in public school, the robot guy at Disneyland with the funny beard)… and they ring true today.   Over the last week, we have seen the deconstruction of...

Blunders

In the fourth grade I was introduced to a hero. My teacher had set up a scheduled “field trip” across the elementary school quad to the library. As is the case with most elementary school libraries, the limited shelves were populated with books geared towards younger readers. We were told (perhaps ordered is a...

Men Without Chests

Law school is a wholly loathsome experience. It is frustratingly slow, and in many ways it does not need to be. During the second semester of my second year, I had a sudden realization that there was a “scam” element to this whole enterprise. The actual material needed for comprehension and understanding to be...

Ukrainian Zulus

“Congratulations on your promotion, Colonel!”   The newly minted Lieutenant Colonel looked up from a brief he was reading. With some degree of difficulty, he shifted his weight in the leather wing-backed chair and forced himself to rise. In his left hand he clutched the brief he was reviewing, while a smoldering cigar delicately was held...

The Lazy Samurai

“How did you like the CCW renewal class yesterday?”   “Oh… it was great.  Learned a bunch.  Didn’t like the dry-fire portion though.”   “Really?  Did something happen?”   “No, I mean, I get it.  Some of these people have limited knowledge and they need to get comfortable.  I’ve been shooting for years.  I know what I’m doing.  Besides… that...